It’s a year of ballet, theatre, musicals and premier concerts in the valley. And there is a show for everyone.
Those in the mood for a night of Shakespeare can watch one of Southwest Shakespeare’s classic plays. Broadway returns to Phoenix for a 2022 season that includes “The Band’s Visit” and “The Lion King,” among others.
“A Soldier’s Play” will be performed by the Black Theater Troupe, and several dance performances will mark the year, including Ballet Arizona’s “Romeo and Juliet” with the Phoenix Symphony and “An Evening in the Desert Botanical Gardens.”
There are also returning shows, including “Rent,” for its 25th anniversary farewell tour, and the Swiss masked theater troupe Mummenschanz will celebrate its 50th anniversary in Phoenix.
Several theaters and venues have COVID-19 protocols in place. Be sure to check venue websites for mask or vaccine requirements and other safety precautions before you go.
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“The Tempest” from the Southwest Shakespeare Company
Southwest Shakespeare is back to live performance and their first show, “The Tempest” is a Shakespeare classic. Head to the Mesa Arts Center for a Shakespeare show with a twist.
Other upcoming shows at the Southwest Shakespeare include “Fairnelli and the King” and “Shall I Compare Thee: The Sonnets.”
Details: From February 25 to March 19. Mesa Arts Center, Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse Theatre. 1 E. Main St., Mesa. swshakespeare.org.
‘The Hello Girls’ and ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ at the Phoenix Theater Company
With several shows planned for the new year, “The Hello Girls” and “Singin’ in the Rain” are the first of the Phoenix Theater Company lineup.
“The Hello Girls” tells the story of America’s first female soldiers during World War I. A story of the unsung heroes and women who were part of the Signal Corps, this first regional performance invites the audience into a story of strength, determination and the fight for equality.
A classic, “Singin’ in the Rain,” takes viewers back to the Golden Age of Hollywood where Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont perform in the perfect balance of comedy and musical comedy.
Other upcoming shows at the Phoenix Theater Company include “The Color Purple”, “Something Rotten”, and “Always Patsy Cline”.
Details for “The Hello Girls”: January 5-30. Tickets start at $64. Phoenix Theater Company, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-254-2151, phoenixtheatre.com/.
Details for “Singing in the Rain”: February 2-April 3. Tickets start at $64. Phoenix Theater Company, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-254-2151, phoenixtheatre.com/.
“A Soldier’s Play” at the Black Theater Troupe
In a Pulitzer Prize-winning story told by Charles Fuller, “A Soldier’s Play” details social issues and systemic racism in the US military throughout World War II. The story – set in 1944 Fort Neal, Louisiana – tells a story of racism in a time of segregation.
Details: February 4-20. 1333 E.Washington St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $44. 602-258-8128, blacktheatretroupe.org/.
“The Band’s Visit” to ASU Gammage
Award-winning Israeli actor Sasson Gabay, star of the original film and Broadway production, is coming to Tempe for “The Band’s Visit.” The musical is the winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show also won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. It is the story of a musician who in a series of wanderings transforms a city through the gift of music.
Details: February 8-13. ASU Gammage Theater, 1200 S. Forest Ave, Tempe. 480-965-3434, asugammage.com.
“Romeo and Juliet” by Ballet Arizona with the Phoenix Symphony
In a dynamic collaboration between Ballet Arizona and the Phoenix Symphony, enjoy choreography from Ib Andersen’s “Romeo and Juliet” alongside Prokofiev’s musical score for the iconic story.
Details: February 10-13, Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $35. 602-381-1096, balletaz.org/.
Scottsdale Philharmonic at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
The Scottsdale Philharmonic will present three shows at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts this spring. In February, March and May, spectators can discover a wide range of classical music, from Beethoven to Chopin via Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Borodin.
Details: February 13, March 27 and May 15. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 2. 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. A donation of $15 is suggested. 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org/.
ZuZu Acrobats at the Madison Center for Performing Arts
A troupe of acrobats based in Tanzania will take the audience through more than 2,000 years of African traditions. The show, celebrating the troupe’s Dar Es Salaam culture, will feature live music, dancing, dish spinning and chair balancing, among more acrobatic and circus-like delights. Each member of the troupe is a graduate of the Baba Watoto School of Performing Arts, an arts school that serves children and young people from the surrounding communities of Dar Es Salaam.
Details: February 18-20. Madison Center for the Performing Arts, 5601 N. 16th St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $19. 602-664-7777, thedison.org/.
‘Revolution: Music of the Beatles’ at Phoenix Symphony
It’s a show packed with over 25 Beatles favorites, including “Ticket to Ride”, “Penny Lane”, “All You Need is Love”, “Get Back”, Here Comes the Sun” and “Hey Jude”. In a symphonic tribute to the iconic band, the show will feature Grammy-winning Jeff Tyzik’s new arrangements from the original Abbey Road recordings. As the music plays, audiences can enjoy photos of ” The Beatles Book Monthly” – as well as a video animation.
Details: March 25-27. Phoenix Symphony Hall at the Phoenix Convention Center, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $34. 602-495-1999, phoenixsymphony.org/.
“Sheepdog” at the Stray Cat Theater
In a new bedroom drama, “Sheepdog” tells the story of two police officers in Cleveland. Amina is black and Ryan is white. As the two fall in love, a police shootout separates them. Blending mystery and romance, “Sheepdog” examines police brutality, interracial love, and class tensions in the 21st century.
Details: March 11-26. Tempe Center for the Arts Studio Theater, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe. 480-227-1766, straycattheatre.org/
‘Rent: 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour’ at the Madison Center for Performing Arts
In March, theatergoers can see Jonathan Larson’s “Rent,” a Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical. The show has toured the country for the past 25 years. This is the last tour of the show.
Details: From March 31 to April 3. Madison Center for the Performing Arts, 5601 N. 16th St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $35. 602-664-7777, thedison.org/.
“An Evening at the Desert Botanical Garden” with Ballet Arizona
Attend a ballet in the heart of the desert during Ballet Arizona’s “An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden“. The show – which will have performances at sunset – will highlight contemporary ballet that embraces and showcases the desert backdrop.
Details: From May 17 to June 2. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix. Tickets start at $60. 602-381-1096, balletaz.org/.
“The Other Mozart” at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
This unconventional show tells the story of Nannerl Mozart, Mozart’s sister who was also a prodigy, keyboardist and composer. The play – based on facts, stories and lines from the Mozart family letters – takes place in an 18-foot dress designed by Magdalena Dabrowska of the National Theater of Poland. In a show that incorporates ballet movement, music and elegance, a seemingly forgotten story is finally shared.
Details: April 6-10. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 2. 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. $35. 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org/.
“Jurassic Park” at the Phoenix Symphony
See the iconic “Jurassic Park” like you’ve never seen it before. The film – 65 million years in the making – will be screened in HD with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra performing the musical score as the film plays.
“Jurassic Park” is rated PG-13.
Details: May 13-15. Phoenix Symphony Hall at the Phoenix Convention Center, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $34. 602-495-1999, phoenixsymphony.org/.
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Phoenix Symphony
To close the 75th anniversary season, the Phoenix Symphony will perform two masterpieces: Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Details: May 20-21. Phoenix Symphony Hall at the Phoenix Convention Center, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $34. 602-495-1999, phoenixsymphony.org/.
“The Lion King” at ASU Gammage
Tickets for Disney’s “The Lion King” are on sale now. The show will run for four weeks at ASU Gammage in Tempe from July 5, 2022 through July 31, 2022. “The Lion King” – seen by some 20 million viewers – has played in more than 90 cities across the United States. The show has won six Tony Awards and more than 70 major arts awards, including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. This year is the show’s 24th anniversary.
Details: July 5-23. ASU Gammage Theater, 1200 S. Forest Ave, Tempe. 480-965-3434, asugammage.com/.
‘Mummenschanz 50 Years’ at the Madison Center for Performing Arts
Mummenschanz – a Swiss masked theater troupe – will perform its 50th anniversary show in Phoenix for just three nights. The show will be a highlight of his most successful productions over the past five decades, including his famous characters the clay masks and toilet paper faces. A mixture of imagination and poetry, the show arrives in Phoenix after three years on Broadway.
Details: November 18-20. Madison Center for the Performing Arts, 5601 N. 16th St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $35. 602-664-7777, thedison.org.
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